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Entertaining, but challenging
on 3 January 2013
The Last Lingua Franca from Nicholas Ostler is a tremendous book, packed full to the brim of interesting facts and what to me seemed like obscure details worth knowing.
Never knew that Persian had been such an important language in the middle (and a bit further) east, good on you to the Malays for not embracing English too tightly when the time came to decide.
On the other hand, the book is so packed of facts, that the type used seems rather small, dense, and the sentence/paragraph structure can sometimes lead you to having to reread a section several times to actually fit the details into your noggin!
Overall well worth a read, but it won't be read in a day.